Judge Approves Extension of Homicide Defendant’s Stay at Youth Detention Facility

On June 3, a DC Superior Court judge extended a convicted homicide defendant’s stay at a youth detention facility to June 14. 

Back in 2019, Titus Iracks pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and carrying a pistol without a license for the death of Larry Harrell on the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE on June 13, 2018. The judge sentenced him to eight and a half years, but stayed the execution of the sentencing. The 19-year-old defendant is being held at the Youth Services Center (YSC), a facility run by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), where he is taking college classes. 

Defense attorney Ronald Resetarits said his client has made “significant educational progress” and should remain at YSC even though he is no longer a minor. 

Judge Danya Dayson mentioned a recent incident in which Iracks allegedly participated in the assault of a minor. The incident prompted YSC management to suggest Iracks’ transfer to another facility. 

The prosecution opposed extending Iracks’ stay, saying multiple stays had already been granted due to his studies.

Judge Dayson scheduled another sentencing hearing for June 14 to give Resetarits time to contact YSC and find out their exact plan for going forward with the assault incident and possible transfer. 

Harrell was shot while being robbed by Iracks and his 24-year-old co-defendant, Dearren Dawkins.

The defendants were initially charged with first-degree murder in August 2018. They both agreed to plead down to voluntary manslaughter.

Dawkins also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction while armed.